Sunday 15 December 2019
News ID: 72788
Publish Date: 16 November 2019 - 22:34

TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Heavy snowfall blanketed the streets of north Tehran on Saturday, causing traffic chaos and forcing the closure of schools, authorities in the Iranian capital said.
Crews of municipal workers were battling to clear roads and pavements in parts of the capital, where snow began falling at the start of the morning rush hour and continued through the day.
"Snow started at a time when there is usually high traffic and now as you can imagine that snow has intensified this traffic," Tehran mayor Behrouz Hanachi told the ISNA news agency.
The backed-up traffic prevented the use of snowploughs and forced the municipality to deploy staff to clear the snow by hand, he said.
One commuter said his journey to work from east Tehran took him twice as long as usual as traffic was backed up on major roads leading to northern districts.
There were only a few accidents, despite the driving conditions and the fact that many vehicles lacked tire chains, a city official said, according to state television's website.
Schools in some districts were ordered closed in the afternoon.
"Due to the coldness of the weather, snow and forecast of continuing snowfall, all schools will be closed this afternoon in districts one to five and district 22 of Tehran," deputy governor Muhammad Taghizadeh said, quoted by ISNA.
"Also all schools in Shemiranat county will be closed in the afternoon shift."
All elementary and junior high schools in Tehran province were announced closed on Sunday.  



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